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128D S. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

Kurt Carlson

Of Counsel

Kurt August Carlson
128D S. County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Phone: 630-665-2500
Fax: 630-665-9427

I am a native Chicagoan, and moved to DuPage County in 1972.

I attended DePaul Law School full-time in the evening, while working for one of the major trust companies in the Chicago Loop. I therefore received extensive training and experience in estate planning, probate, and tax matters, and have practiced in those areas for over 40 years.

I have kept my knowledge current by attending the Tax and Estate Planning institute at Notre Dame University, the annual Estate Planning Short Course of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and local seminars and symposiums. I have prepared estate plans ranging from complex to basic.

I have represented many clients in probate matters, both simple and contested. These include both decedent's estates and guardianship (of both children and adults allegedly suffering from legal disability) cases.

My first employment after law school was with a Chicago law firm that focused on real estate and real estate development matters. I worked for them for several years, adding extensive experience in both residential and commercial real estate transactions and commercial real estate development to my legal skills.

As a private practitioner in DuPage County, I continued practicing in these fields.

I feel that my experience in each of these areas complement the other. For example, real estate is often an asset of a trust or estate. Real estate clients also need to appropriately plan their estates and to take title to their home or investment properties in a manner that is consistent with their ultimate estate desires. And, if a client in a transaction holds title to their property in a trust, or has a trust and is buying real estate, I know how to properly handle it.

I was admitted to practice in the courts of Illinois in 1971 and the U.S. Federal Court in 1971, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court in 1992. I am a member of both the Illinois and DuPage County Bar Associations.

I have been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn for some years, and a past President of the club. As such, I recently accepted, on behalf of our club, the Family Shelter Services Civic Partner of the year award. We work closely with Family Shelter Services and other organizations to provide benefits to children in need.

My primary hobby is the study of history, particularly of the American Civil War period. I am the past president of two Civil War Round Tables (Chicago, which meets near O'Hare airport, and Salt Creek, which meets in Downers Grove, Illinois), and a member of the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table (which meets in Arlington Heights). I have also given presentations on a number of topics to round tables throughout the midwest.

Current Employment Position(s):

  • Partner

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1971
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1992


  • De Paul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D.
    • Honors: Summa Cum Laude
    • Honors: Valedictorian
    • Law Review: De Paul University Law Review, Editor

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Presentations of Various Topics, Civil War Round Table, 1980 - 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member
  • Civil War Round Table, 1993 - 1994, President
  • Salt Creek Civil War Round Table, 1985 - 1987, President
  • Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn, 2001 - 2002, President

Past Employment Positions:

  • Law Office of Kurt A. Carlson, Sole Practitioner, 1984 - 1996
  • Jegen & Carlson, Partner, 1978 - 1984
  • Demling & Jegen, Associate, 1977 - 1978
  • Botti & Marinaccio, Associate, 1976 - 1977
  • Brandel, Olson, Johnson & Erickson, Associate, 1971 - 1976

Ancillary Businesses:

  • Mediator - Divorce and Family
  • Arbitrator - DuPage county 18th Judicial Circuit
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